If you don’t read your bible, you have no idea what you are missing. I have been a ‘technical’ Christian since I can really remember having logical thought. By this, I mean that I’ve always known who Jesus was and I always accepted him as my Lord and Savior. This is due to my mother who made us all go to bible school every Sunday. But I never read the bible. I knew the stories from church- but not the actual scripture. I thought I knew all that needed to be known. But one day, about four years ago, I got curious and began reading a bible. I. was. transfixed. Never has a book so enchanted me. Never had I seen such profound thought. The writers, inspired by God, are geniuses. So genius that I became even more deeply convinced that GOD wrote the bible.
Further more, no man could write such a thing. No group of men could write something so pure, so symmetrical, so surprising, so counter intuitive and yet so utterly precise- and so consistent through millenniums. The timing, the prophecies, the history which confirmed the prophecies, Jesus coming in perfect, astounding and UNEXPECTED fulfillment of prophecy- who could come up with a KING who washes the dirty feet of fisherman and then tells them that THIS is how we should behave too?! NO ONE could come with all that. MANKIND has invented many pagan religions- and ALL their gods are the things of men’s desires: powerful, rich, beautiful, lots of lovers, sex, wine, freedom from all restraint! How VERY human!
Who would create a KING and GOD that tells us that we will be GREAT in his kingdom if we bow low in humility and serve the wretched among us??? Who would make up a religion where your only earthly rewards will be suffering, ridicule, no money and beatings?? I can hear them now, “HEY! I’ve got a GREAT idea! let’s make up a really cool religion! We will have a scary, powerful God who has a Son- see, he’s REALLY powerful and (the listeners like it so far.. they can’t wait to see the ‘powers’ given to this Son of God, the superhero) and, see? He LETS all the bad guys whip him, call him names and THEN, kill him in the most humiliating way possible!!! (the listeners are very perplexed right about now. The super hero DIES? even though he’s incredibly powerful?? what kind of show IS this anyway? ‘Cause it kinda sucks right now.). AAAAANNND, if people sign up for this religion, (wiggle the eyebrows).. (now the listeners are interested again. What will THEY get if they join???) .. if you sign up, see, you have to let other people beat YOU up, spit on you and slap you around, and because YOU too are so powerful (shoulders rise a little).. you need to give up your WHOLE LIFE to help the ones that are killing you! Isn’t this GREAT?? I really think this new religion will catch on like wildfire, guys, and I think people will be lining up, handing us money, even- to join!!” (at this point, the listeners are picking up rocks…)
Yeah. NO MAN would or could have thought up Jesus. Or his message. No man could have imagined the incredible way that Jesus would transform the world- eventually to create a country like America. The equality taught by Jesus literally created the Republic in which we live. How ELSE are we equal, except under the One, True God? And who could have thought that the country that was created by Jesus’ introduction of ‘equal under God’ would be the reason that God’s prophecy of Israel’s re-creation in 1948 would be fulfilled? Who could have known? No one.
So if you love books, knowledge, truth- or even just fantastic stories about human nature, you really need to pick up a bible. I love the NIV version- and I highly recommend a study bible for fascinating commentary. The bible is where it’s at. Be armed with the Word of God.